George Watson

George Watson

Nationality: British
Position pre MBA: Trader


What motivated you to do an MBA and why did you choose Cass Business School?

I wanted to move on from a mostly technical role towards a leadership position. An MBA was a great way to broaden my business experience while keeping my options open to finding a career that was a good fit for my personality. Cass offered the right mix of analytical rigor and employability skills development to help me take the next step.

What are your career goals and what do you hope to achieve after you have graduated?

I am keeping my options open at present. The nice thing about an MBA is its versatility and there are a number of career paths that I am currently exploring to find the right fit for me. The careers department are giving me all the support I need.

How would you describe your overall experience of the MBA so far?

I have had an excellent time at Cass so far. The teaching has been of the high standard I was expecting at a top quality school. What has impressed me most has been the focus on key employability skills and leadership which is what sets the leaders of tomorrow apart. It has been hard but rewarding work and I can already notice the difference in my approach to business issues.

What has been the most rewarding experience for you so far?

Without doubt the most rewarding part of the experience so far has been the group work. Being involved in a team with students from different countries and diverse backgrounds all working together, has been a hugely rewarding experience. It has provided invaluable learning on how to get the most out of working in a team.

What has been the most challenging aspect?

For me the most challenging aspect has been juggling studying with family commitments. It's not always easy but it does teach you to have impeccable time-management skills.

How would you describe your fellow cohort?

I have found the cohort as Cass to be incredibly friendly and supportive. If you have a problem with a particular subject, the diverse makeup of the student body means there is always someone who is an expert and more than willing to help you out. That level of support is key to forming strong bonds that will last through our working lives.

What has the learning experience been like? How are classes taught and what sort of expertise do the academics bring?

The classes are interactive with academics encouraging discussion at any point. The academics all bring rich experience and manage to make even the more analytical subjects entertaining and interesting. They are supportive and friendly and seem to have a keen interest in my success.

What are your thoughts on living and studying in London and does Cass’ location bring any added benefit?

London is the best city in the world, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

What advice would you give to a prospective student thinking of doing an MBA at Cass?

If you are prepared to work hard and get involved then you will likely have a hugely enjoyable and rewarding experience here at Cass.